I spent a day, well most of the day, all to my son and me. I haven't done that since he's been born. I always have work of some kind to do, but today I decided it was B and mama time. YAY!

I had given two workshops early in the morning. Since I was going on less than four hours of sleep, I decided when B sleeps this afternoon, I will nap with him... and it felt oh-so-good! When was the last time you took a nap? Sometimes when our bodies talk to us, we need to pay attention. That doesn't mean, I recommend taking daily naps. If you are like me, when you get really worn down, you get sick. That's the last thing you want, so you want to take action before it does.

When we wake up (a little too early if you ask me), the rest of the day is ours. We play, laugh, and walk (I hold him while he walks). He loves walking with my help. He seems eager to do it on his own. Then we have major cuddling time. There is nothing quite like cuddling with my boy. It's my favorite pastime.

When our day comes to an end, B easily falls asleep at 9 pm. I think I'm not far behind him. I sit down to just chill and watch a little T.V.--I can't tell you the last time I did that. I just wanted a day to just do nothing but relax.

Then it dawns on me, I haven't written my blog posts for this week. The week? I haven't even written one for tomorrow. I should have done this earlier when B was playing with himself instead of just relaxing. I thought I'd be in bed early. By the time I write and post my blog and do the few small things I have left to do, a few hours have passed. So much for getting to bed early... and so much for spending the day just chillin' and relaxing.

I'm always telling clients how much I believe in "me" time. It's necessary to self care. There is no reason to feel guilty or think it's selfish. Just like your kids want time to themselves, whether it's playing, hanging out in their room, on talking on the phone without you around, you need the same thing. It rejuvenates and re-energizes you. It also helps you stay focused and purposeful, because you aren't so worn out, stress out, or drained.

Just start off with 15 minutes a day. You can carve 15 minutes out of each day. Then you can work your way up to 30 minutes and whoa, even an hour. Maybe even work your way up to a whole day. Then again, just like I proved, there is always something to do... and no such thing as a day solely for relaxing. Welcome to the life of a single mom!

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As a single mom and founder of The Single Mom Movement, Jessica Rector knows how you are stressed but know there is more for you. With targeted private coaching, programs, and a school, single moms use her proven strategies to discover their empowered self. Do you feel like no one really understands how you feel? You're not alone. Join the club at http://TheSingleMomMovement.com/community Get FREE videos to Breathe Happiness. Be Fulfilled. Live Empowered! Sign up at http://TheSingleMomMovement.com